Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial Release is best explained by an understanding of the fascial system.
Fascia is a tough connective tissue which is spread throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. It acts as a shock absorber in the body and surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ of the body, all the way down to the cellular level. In its normal state, the fascia is relaxed and flexible. It is able to stretch and move without restrictions.
Trauma, accidents, poor posture, repetitive stress injuries, scarring and/or inflammation can create a binding of the fascia, resulting in abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, bones or organs.
Snags or bindings in the fascia can be imagined like a snag in a sweater that pulls not only where the snag is, but throughout the sweater. Constrictions of the fascial tissue can create pain or problems throughout the body, sometimes with unexplained side effects and seemingly
unrelated symptoms in unpredictable locations.
These fascial restrictions do not show up on standard tests including MRI, CAT scans, EMG and X-Rays. Chronic pain, headaches and whole body system problems such as Fibromyalgia are often caused by these soft tissue restrictions.
Myofascial Release therapists develop treatment plans that are individualized and customized to your needs. Therapy plans treat the "cause of the problem" (to eliminate the source of the problem, not just the symptoms). Treating the problem will make permanent structural changes to help you return to a pain free, active lifestyle.